Posts byChristine Mays

Exploring Biosphere 2 Near Tucson, Arizona

RV travel encourages a self-sustaining lifestyle — but nothing compares to Biosphere 2. Biosphere 2, in Oracle, Arizona, is one of the most remarkable structures ever built. One of the largest greenhouses in the world, the 3.14-acre complex houses living organisms from five environments, also called biomes. These enclosed environments include a rain forest, ocean, wetlands, savannah and desert. More
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Going Deep in Kartchner Caverns, Arizona

Take an RV trip to Kartchner Caverns in southwest Arizona. Located in southeast Arizona, Kartchner Caverns State Park is a phenomenal example of a “living” limestone cavern. The state park offers 2.4 miles of underground passages, many of which can be accessed via tours. Some of its rock formations have been growing for more than 50,000
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Fantastic Fudge: The Ultimate Snowbird Dessert Recipe

Fantastic Fudge makes a great addition to any Snowbird dessert menu. What speaks to this time of the year, and childhood memories, better than homemade fudge? Well, you can create this delectable treat right in your RV easily using the following recipe: Fantastic Fudge 3 cups Sugar ¾ cup unsalted Butter 5 ounces of canned
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Goin’ to Graceland, Home of Elvis

Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley in Memphis, Tennessee, is maintained impeccably. Tours are managed in such a way that the crowds don’t feel overwhelming while you walk through the mansion and grounds. A visit here feels personal, as if you are a guest in his home—not a curious fan. Interacting With Graceland and Elvis
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Explore New Worlds in San Diego’s Balboa Park

Balboa Park in San Diego, California, is a “must-do” destination, whether you’re interested in a fascinating museum experience, historic architecture, fabulous photographic opportunities, fine dining or merely time by a fountain to enjoy a gorgeous view of nature while sipping a latte. Seventeen museums are located within Balboa Park, covering such diverse subjects as culture,
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Embark on a Whale Watching Excursion

On the lookout for giants in the Pacific Northwest

Whale watching, or an “excursion to see marine wildlife,” as guides more often describe it, is at the top of the list of “must-dos” for anyone visiting Puget Sound or, more precisely, the Salish Sea near Seattle. Whether you see one of the many whale species that inhabit this area year-round, or a wide variety of
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1880 Town Preserves South Dakota’s Past

Originally envisioned to function as a movie set, South Dakota’s “1880 Town” recreates life in a turn-of-the-century community. The town is comprised of  an accumulation of authentic artifacts and buildings that were abandoned when the production of the intended film folded. After entrepreneur Richard Hullinger received the abandoned movie set in 1969, he began gathering additional original buildings from
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Relive Custer’s Last Stand at Little Bighorn Battlefield

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument on the Crow Reservation southeast of Billings, Montana, preserves the site of Lt. Colonel George Custer’s infamous last stand. Located just off Interstate 90 with good RV parking, this site memorializes the last armed attempt of the area’s Native American tribes to preserve their way of life against the U.S. Army. On June 25,
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Soak in Snoqualmie Falls and Railway History

Snoqualmie Falls and the Northwest Railway Museum in the town of Snoqualmie sit only 29 miles east of downtown Seattle. Both stops qualify as a worthy day trip. More than 1.5 million travelers visit the 270-foot-high Snoqualmie Falls each year. The two-acre park overlooking the falls offers two observation decks, including one that is wheelchair-accessible. The adjacent Salish Lodge, with its gift shop and
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South Dakota Showtime at Mitchell Corn Palace

The world’s only Corn Palace is located in Mitchell, South Dakota.  The building was first constructed in 1892 when the town was only twelve years old. The Palace has been a tourist attraction ever since. Originally, it was erected in an attempt to attract enough attention to the city to make Mitchell become the state’s capital.
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Travel Back in Time in Montana’s Pictograph Cave State Park

View the dwellings of prehistoric hunters and gatherers from 9,000 years ago at Pictograph Cave State Park, a short drive from Billings, Montana.  This site has yielded more than 30,000 artifacts that show how these prehistoric people hunted and lived eons before European colonization of the United States. The site provides a glimpse into the far-flung trade routes and customs of
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Victoria’s Amazing Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens, 30 miles north of Victoria, British Columbia, is known for having one of the world’s premier floral garden displays. In 2004, the gardens earned the designation of “National Historic Site of Canada,” and they annually attract more than one million visitors. The 55-acre sanctuary was conceived in 1904 by Jennie Butchart to transform a defunct limestone
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South Dakota’s Petrified Forest Preserves the Past

At South Dakota’s Petrified Forest of the Black Hills, a museum open since 1929 near Rapid City, the earth has preserved a cypress swamp 120 million years old. This was the time of dinosaurs—when the Black Hills didn’t exist and the entire area was a flat, tropical swamp (similar to the cypress swamps found now
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Maine Summer Staples—Lobster and Ice Cream

Travel through the Pine  Tree State in the summer and you will discover two Maine summer staples—lobster and ice cream. It is an absolute tradition to visit an ice cream vendor after dinner to wait in line with numerous other vacationers for a huge scoop or two of the flavor of your choice. Rich, creamy and divinely
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Spam! Getting a Taste of the Spam Museum

Ode to pork—don’t miss this unique Minnesota museum. Former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev once said, “Without Spam, we wouldn’t have been able to feed our army.” This year, the Hormel Foods Corporation opened a new museum in Austin, Minnesota, on April 22 showcasing Spam, their pork product (not the annoying items that show up in your email).
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Idaho’s Amazing Craters of the Moon

Craters of the Moon, located near Arco, Idaho, is one of the most interesting geological sites in North America. Here, it is possible to climb to an elevation of 6,181-feet to reach the summit of Inferno Cone. From Loop Drive, the steep trail leading to the cinder cone’s summit is a 0.4-mile round trip hike
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RV Travels With a Cat

When it comes to RV travel, a cat will adapt to its new “home” far easier than you might imagine. Our cat, “Snoopy,” was four months old when we became full-time RVers. He’s been on the road now for years without a problem. Motion sickness has never been an issue, possibly because we don’t confine
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Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Blooms

Sixty miles north of Seattle, Washington, tulips have been cultivated every spring since the early 1900s, with their vibrant colors spreading across hundreds of acres of the Skagit Valley. The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival has celebrated this fabulous floral display for the past 33 years. This celebration of the “blooming of the fields” spans the
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Be Square: Storage Solution for Pantry and Basement

Think “square” to yield improved storage results in your RV. Use stackable, square containers with the same size base to organize, store and stabilize items of all descriptions. In the process, you will gain more storage than you might have imagined possible in often-limited RV storage spaces. Here’s how: Let’s start with food storage: Restaurant owners
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Creating a Wi-Fi Network Within Your Coach

Improving WiFi functionality within an RV is a continual challenge. A TechnoRV Desktop WiFi booster may help to improve your WiFi signal strength. The addition of repeater, will also help create an internal network that will boost the signal strength to each of those devices. In the past, boosters were not as user-friendly for multiple devices,
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Changing Out Driver & Passenger Seats

Considering the replacement of your RV driver or passenger seat? The decision requires some advance research based upon your specific recreational vehicle before making a purchase. Recently, we replaced both in our 2004 Alpine Class A motor home. We purchased ours through Camping World, choosing both driver and passenger seats manufactured by Flexsteel. We have been
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Prevent Water Leaks From Slide-topper Failure

Slide Out Awnings, sometimes called Toppers, are an important component in protecting the structural integrity of your RV slide out—especially with their ability to prevent environmental damage to the seals that surround your slide out. When extended, toppers protect the roof of a slide out from rain, dirt, debris (leaves and small branches) or snow.
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Convection Oven Recipe for the Holidays

What speaks to a festive holiday celebration better than a Cheese Cake dessert? The following hints will provide a foolproof result every time: The convection/microwave oven provides the ultimate cooking combination. The convection oven allows for browning and crisping, while the microwave keeps foods moist and juicy – bringing out their natural flavors. Your convection
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Gluten-Free Snowbird Recipes

Risotto with Butternut Squash and Shrimp—try this scrumptious Gluten Free Snowbird Recipe featuring two abundant Fall vegetables on a cool Southern night. This is an easy recipe adapted from Publix.com/Aprons that works well with the Fagor Automatic Pressure Cooker, that I recently described for you in the Good Sam Blog. Recipe: 1 Tablespoon olive oil
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RV Weight Watching

Do you know the weight and height of your RV? How about the weight of your tow vehicle? Have you considered the problems that could be associated with overweight driving? Here are some weight concerns to consider: Weight limits on your RV are legally enforceable. Your personal safety may be jeopardized if your RV is overloaded.
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A Pressure Cooking Plus

With 11 functions, the 4-Quart Fagor Lux Multi-Cooker is the perfect compact electric appliance for longer RV travels. Imagine one appliance that offers settings for preparing white rice, brown rice, risotto or yogurt—at the touch of a button. Then add pressure-cook, slow-cook, brown, sauté, simmer and keep-warm settings! I recently found this gem of an appliance
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Start an RV Thanksgiving Tradition

Are you in quest of a new and different Thanksgiving tradition? Many RV parks host Thanksgiving events that can be as endearing as a holiday spent at home. From traditional Thanksgiving dinners to early Christmas celebrations, here are a few samples of the possibilities available at RV parks during Thanksgiving: In Boerne, Texas, Top of the
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Snowbird Recipes

As “snowbirds” travel south, Southern culinary creations comes to mind, as these foods begin to appear on restaurant menus. If you wish to create one of these popular entrees yourself, checkout the Millcreek Ranch Resort in Canton, Texas—an RV resort with a“perfect” Good Samrating of 10/10*/10. Follow the Good Sam link to their website and
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Laid-back Louisiana at Cajun Palms RV Resort

At dusk last night, we took a stroll around Cajun Palms RV Resort, a Good Sam 10/10*/10 park just off Interstate 10 near Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. It’s easy to see just why this RV resort has a perfect rating. The park is spectacular and we felt our research on the Good Sam Club’s Trip Planner
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Idaho’s Tolo Lake Mammoths

Bear Den RV Park claims a distinction of which no other RV Park in the United States can boast-Mammoths!  Sitting on a hill overlooking the Camas Prairie, this park is in an area that travelers have sought for centuries. Here Native Americans of the Nez Perce Tribe camped before Europeans discovered this fair place. Nearby,
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Cable Wake Boarding on Idaho’s Wakeside Lake

If you haven’t seen wakeboarding, you’ve missed some exciting water sport action. With about 50 sites operating in the United States, finding a wakeboarding location isn’t always easy. But we recently found one right next door to our RV Park. So what exactly is this sport? In 1959, Bruno Rixen invented the activity in Germany that came to be known
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Monterey Bay Aquarium

Anyone traveling to Monterey, California must consider visiting one of the most unique places on earth, the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The aquarium inspires more awe in a few hours than any other place I can think of when it comes to viewing sea life, but I would plan even more time there if your schedule
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